The Messenger March 2016
The Courage of the Seed
All the buried seeds
crack open in the dark
the instant they surrender
to a process they can’t see.
What a powerful lesson is the beginning of spring. All around us, everything small and buried surrenders to a process that none of the buried parts can see. And this innate surrender allows everything edible and fragrant to break ground into a life of light that we call spring.
In nature, we are quietly given countless models of how to give ourselves over to what appears dark and hopeless, but which ultimately is an awakening that is beyond all imagining. This moving through the dark into blossom is the threshold to God.
As a seed buried in the earth cannot imagine itself as an orchid or hyacinth, neither can a heart packed with hurt imagine itself loved or at peace. The courage of the seed is that once cracking, it cracks all the way.
By Mark Nepo, The Book of Awakening, pg 113
As we see reminders of spring all around us, this meditation becomes a wonderful reminder of the hope that awaits us at the end of the 40 days of Lent. As we move through the dark into blossom we cross the threshold to God which is the Easter hope of new life.
With joyful anticipation, Christy
Notes from your Vestrey
Vestrey in February
Our February meeting was a combination of welcoming new members, attending to the parish administrative duties, and looking at the future of Emmanuel. We welcomed the new members with a delightful evening meal at the Cribbins house. This was followed by a short discussion about where and how we are going from here.
Saturday we spent some time with a Vestry meeting and then we spent a lot of time working on where we want to go and how. How much is the Vestry to carry and what should the members load be? This seems to be Emmanuel’s stumbling block.
So does MUTUAL MINISTRY ring a bell? Well, it should; we have been involved in it for over a year. We have had classes and meetings (remember the paper hanging in the Undercroft?). The message is what we want Emmanuel to be. We have to do it together, not just the Vestry.
The Vestry has adopted four goals:
1. Continue to learn how to follow Jesus
2. Offer opportunities to serve God and our neighbor
3. Continue to develop a plan for on-going sustainability (financial, resources, people, and facilities)
4. Fund a youth pastor/ intern/ pastor for 24 months, and develop a sustainable system of support.
5. The Vestry would like to see the parish buy-in to this. Everybody needs to contribute to our future.
Be kind to one another. Pat Cross
Emmanuel Episcopal Preschool
Emmanuel Episcopal Preschool is an integral part of our church. It is a strong and valued early education program for children in our community. Enrollment for classes starting in September is occurring now. Children 3-3 ½ years old have classes Tuesdays & Thursdays 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM; The Older Preschool Class, children 3 ½ -5 years old, have class Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM.
The Preschool is having an Open House on Wednesday, March 16th from 5:00 – 7:00 PM. If you know of families with young children that might be interested in attending at our Emmanuel Episcopal Preschool, now is the time to chat with them about enrollment and invite them to our Open House.
The Preschool’s Board of Directors functions as a subcommittee of the Vestry. The Preschool Board is reorganizing and revitalizing. One of our top priorities is to ensure our preschool’s sustainability. The new Board will use strategic planning, including a marketing plan, to work on increasing enrollment as soon as possible.
According to the National Association of Episcopal School, Episcopal schools are distinguished through the principal qualities of:
• School Worship
• Community Life
• Religious Formation and Study
• Social Justice
“By weaving these principals into the very fabric of the school’s overall life, Episcopal schools ensure that their missions are built on the sure foundation of a Christian love that guides and challenges all who attend our schools to build lives of genuine meaning, purpose and service in the world they will inherit.” (NAES, Episcopal Identity)
Nancylee Stewart, Vestry Member/Preschool Board
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The Inventory folder at the bookkeeper’s desk is missing two or three of the original insurance inventories taken in 2010 (or thereabouts).
The inventories were made in pencil on ruled sheets inside glossy white bound folders. It would be helpful to our bookkeeper and for insurance records to have these originals returned to the Inventory folder.
Please contact me if you have information that could put us on the trail of the missing lists?
Sheryl Gerety, disaster preparedness officer email@example.com
Anne Abdy Tuck Box
Emmanuel Parish is collecting small items for a “tuck box” (named from students in England that were in boarding schools receiving a box from home with goodies, which they ‘tucked’ under their arm to take back to their room). We will collect items through Sunday, March 21st and will then mail the items to Anne on 3/22, so they arrive for Easter. You may drop items off at the church office or place them in the designated basket at the back of the church on Sundays through 3/21/16.
Suggestions for possible items: stamps, chap stick, microwave popcorn, sugar free* hot chocolate, tea, socks, jump drives and/or gift cards such as staples, amazon, starbucks, gas stations, etc. *No items with sugar, please.
Adult Children Of Alcoholics and Dysfunctional Families Meeting
The term “Adult Child” is used to describe adults who grew up in an alcoholic or dysfunctional home and who exhibit identifiable traits that reveal past abuse or neglect, be it verbal, physical, or sexual. The group includes adults raised in homes with or without drugs or alcohol. The “Adult Child” has the trademark presence of shame, abandonment, and other issues found in alcoholic or dysfunctional homes.
ACA or ACOA, all one in the same, is an anonymous group and has the potential to help the suffering adult child recover from the effects of this illness. Astonishing results have been obtained for those who are committed to recovering.
We welcome you.
Time: 5:30 – 6:30 PM
Where: Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 400 Highland, Coos Bay (Behind The World newspaper office building)
Contact Person: Lloyd 406-214-9176
Public Church @ 7 Devils Brewing Co.
Sunday, March 6th 4:30 PM
Pastor Christy will be leading the group on this day.
Join the fun!!
This is a new emergent Christian worship community that is “a groundswell of humans who love Jesus, love the earth and love one another.”
Preschool Open House
Thursday, March 16th 5:00-7:00 PM
Come and see our lovely preschool and learn about enrolling children ages 3 to 5 for next Fall. We are a child-centered, play-based, and school-readiness program; centered around the love of God for all children. For more information contact Director – Julianna Seldon @ 541-297-7766
Lay Reader and Eucharistic Visitor Training, April 8th and 9th
Interested in serving at the altar on Sundays as a Lector to read the lessons and lead the psalm? Or as a lay reader assisting with the prayers of the people, helping with communion and other aspects of the service or as a Eucharistic visitor who takes communion to our home bound members? Then plan to attend the training on Friday evening from 4:00-8:30 and Saturday morning from 8:00-11:30. It’s a wonderful way to offer your gifts to our church community. Questions or to sign-up, talk to Christy.
Lenten Meditations Available
The forty days of Lent provide us the opportunity to reflect on our lives, our relationships with our neighbors, and the larger world as we move toward the celebration of Christ’s resurrection and the season of Easter.
Episcopal Relief & Development’s 2016 book of daily Lenten Meditations focuses on creating economic opportunities and strengthening communities, with a particular focus on empowering women. The daily readings are co-authored by a group of leaders from across the Anglican Communion, who bring a range of perspective as they reflect on Scripture and other sources of spiritual wisdom.
Pick up a copy in the entryway or undercroft today.
Getting Ready for Holy Week and Easter
Opportunities to Participate and to Help!
Holy Baptism will be celebrated at the Easter Vigil, Saturday, March 26th, at 7:00 p.m. If you are interested in baptism for yourself or your child please contact Pastor Christy at 541-728-7988 or Christy@episcopalcoosbay.org.
First Communion Preparation: Many times children have been receiving Holy Communion from the time they were young children, but have never had any instruction in it. Since they are no longer required to wait for a certain age to receive their first communion, we still do first communion preparation with them, but we do it “in honor of their First Communion” rather than celebrating the first time they actually receive Holy Communion. If you would like your children to participate in this preparation prior to Easter, please let Christy know.
Help Read the Passion Gospel on Palm Sunday, March 20th. Readers of all ages are needed at both services for large and small parts. Sign up on the table in the entryway. Scripts will be handed out the week before Palm Sunday.
A Prayer Vigil begins immediately after the Maundy Thursday worship service and continues until noon on Good Friday. Jesus asked his disciples in the garden at Gethsemane, “Could you not watch with me one hour?” We answer that question by attempting to pray throughout the 15 hours in the chapel or at home in 1-2 hour shifts. There is a sign-up sheet in the church entry-way. Questions, talk to Christy.
Help Needed for the Easter Vigil Bon Fire and the S’More Reception after the Easter Vigil on Saturday evening, March 26th. Please sign-up in the Entryway if you can help provide firewood, set the fire, keep the embers glowing for s’mores following the service, or help with the reception.
Easter Memorials – Memorial gifts for Easter altar flowers or individual lilies can be arranged through the Church office.. If you would like to make an offering toward Easter flowers, fill out the form located in your church bulletin these next couple of Sundays or stop by the office and talk with Julianna.
Help is needed to fold Easter bulletins and the Tridiuum booklets on Friday March 18th, starting at 1:00 PM. If you can help, please sign-up in the church entry or call Julianna in the Church Office.
Journey with Jesus from the Cross to the Empty Tomb
Friday, March 18- 2:00-3:30 PM Children’s Holy Week Prayer Walk: Children and their families learn about the events of Holy Week in an experiential and age appropriate way (for more information see separate article).
Palm Sunday, March 20
7:30 & 10:00 AM – The Holy Eucharist with the Palm Sunday Liturgy and Choral Reading of the Passion of Jesus Christ. The service will begin in the court yard with the Palm Sunday procession.
Wednesday, March 23
6:30 AM – Holy Eucharist in the Chapel
12:00 PM – Holy Eucharist and Healing Service with Anointing for healing in the Chapel
The Tridiuum or The Great Three Days
Maundy Thursday, March 24 – 7:00 PM – The Holy Eucharist with a liturgy of foot washing. The service ends with the solemn stripping of the altar.
A Prayer Vigil will last from the end of the Maundy Thursday service through the start of the noon service on Good Friday in the Chapel. You may pray from home for your shift and don’t need to come in to the church, especially for those that take place during the night. A sign-up sheet will be outside the chapel beginning mid-March.
Good Friday, March 25
12:00 p.m.- Ecumenical Service with Bell Choir at Faith Lutheran, 2741 Sherman Ave.
7:00 p.m.- The Good Friday Liturgy – Includes the Reading of the Passion, prayers and Holy Communion from the reserved sacrament.
Holy Saturday, March 26 – 7:00 p.m. – The Great Vigil- This service starts with a fire in the court yard representing the first light of Easter, procession into the church, the foundational stories of our faith, Holy Baptism and the first Holy Communion of Easter.
Easter Day, March 27
7:30 a.m. – The Holy Eucharist
10:00 a.m. – The Holy Eucharist with Music by Emmanuel’s Choir
Children’s Holy Week Prayer Walk Friday, March 18th 2:00-3:30 PM
Children and their families are invited to experience a Holy Week Prayer Walk, led by Pastor Christy. The Prayer Walk is a participatory overview of the Holy Week events of Jesus’ life that will help children understand more about this special time in the church year. This event is geared for children ages 3-10. The walk begins with Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, and continues with the Last Supper, the arrest, trial, and crucifixion, the procession of the cross, and the resurrection. There will also be some special projects following the Prayer Walk.
The event will be held for the Pre-school students Friday morning 10:15-11:30 and for other children that afternoon from 2:00-3:00. To register for this event sign up on the sheet located in the front entry of the church by March 13th so we are sure to have enough supplies.
Contact Christy with questions at 541-728-7988 or Christy@episcopalcoosbay.org.